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Devonport High School for Boys 11 plus: 2024 entry guide

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Feb 24, 2023, 10:48 AM

Devonport High School for Boys, Devon

Are you considering Devonport High School for Boys for your son? We've collated all the information you need to know about 2024 entry to Year 7. Keep reading to learn about key dates, the admissions process, and how to prepare for the 11 plus exam.

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About Devonport High School for Boys

Devonport High School for Boys was founded in 1896, initially for boys in Plymouth and its surrounding district who were seeking a career in the Navy. The Devonport Borough Council took over the school in 1906.

The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) designated Devonport High School for Boys as one of the first four specialist engineering colleges in England in 2002, and it continues to hold this specialist status. In 2021, 64.1% of GCSE results were A*/A/9/8/7 and 56% of A levels were graded A*/A.

Devonport High School for Boys is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and is recognised for its focus on providing equal opportunities for all students.

  • Address: Devonport High School for Boys, Paradise Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 5QP

  • Local authority: Plymouth City Council

  • School type: boys' grammar with mixed sixth form

  • Headteacher: Dan Roberts

  • Number of pupils: 1,250+

  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 173

  • A level results: 71.9% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 57.5% A*/A/9/8/7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01752 208787

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • Open day date: Wednesday 5th July 2023, 4.30pm

  • 11 plus registration opens: 24th April 2023

  • 11 plus registration closes: 31st August 2023

  • Exam date: 16th and 23rd September 2023

  • Exam type: GL Assessment – Plymouth schools and school's own

  • Common application form (CAF) deadline: 31st October 2023

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

Devonport High School for Boys term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at Devonport High School for Boys are:

  • Autumn term: 6th September – 19th December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd–30th October 2023

  • Spring term: 4th January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–19th February 2024

  • Summer term: 15th April – 19th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Devonport High School for Boys

If you would like your son to be considered for a place in Year 7 at Devonport High School for Boys, you will need to apply for them to take the 11 plus exam and apply for a school place separately. There are two forms and two different processes to complete.

1. Register for the 11 plus

Before registering, speak to your child’s teacher to see if the 11 plus and grammar school is right for them. The 11 plus exam is a challenging exam, designed to select the children working within the top 25% of their year group.

To register for the Devonport High School for Boys 11 plus exam, download the form from the school website. You will need to complete this and return it to the school with two passport-style photographs of your son by 31st August 2023.

2. Apply for a school place

Devonport High School for Boys will post a letter indicating your child's 11 plus results in mid-October. This letter will outline whether your child is eligible for a place at the school.

If you would then like to apply for a place at the school, you will need to name Devonport High School for Boys on your common application form. You must complete the form for your home local authority:

Before completing your common application form, make sure to check the school's oversubscription criteria first. In the likely event that more children achieve the qualifying score than there are places available, the school will need to apply oversubscription criteria to prioritise places.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.

What's on the Devonport High School for Boys 11 plus exam?

Boys taking the 11 plus for entry to Devonport High School for Boys will take the same exam, on the same dates, as girls applying to either Devonport High School for Girls or Plymouth High School for Girls. Children will take two multiple-choice papers set by GL Assessment on consecutive Saturdays in September:

  • Saturday 16th September 2023: English comprehension

  • Saturday 23rd September 2023: maths

Boys applying to Devonport High School for Boys will also take an English writing test. This is internally created and produced by the school, and will test composition skills.

Devonport High School for Boys will hold optional 11 plus familiarisation sessions on 14th and 15th June 2023 – registration for these will open on the school website on 17th April 2023. There are also plenty of downloadable familiarisation materials on the same page.

Learn more and get free 11 plus preparation resources in our guide to the 11 plus in Devon:

Devon 11 plus

What's the pass mark for Devonport High School for Boys?

Your child's raw scores in the GL Assessment English comprehension and maths tests will be standardised according to their age in years and months. This is to ensure that children born later in the school year aren't disadvantaged by being younger. An average of the two papers will then give your child's rank.

There is no set pass mark for the 11 plus at Devonport High School for Boys. Each child's overall standardised mark, plus their mark from the Devonport High School for Boys writing test, will be put in rank order, from highest to lowest, to determine the qualifying score for the year group.

Achieving the qualifying score doesn't guarantee a place at the school of your choice, as grammar schools are usually oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admissions policies for your target schools, looking at their oversubscription criteria and their catchment area.

Devonport High School for Boys admissions criteria

Devonport High School for Boys has a planned admission number (PAN) of 180. Once all the papers have been marked, children will be put in one of three categories:

  • Category A: children who have achieved a qualifying mark in the external (GL Assessment) papers equal to or higher than that of the 180th candidate, and a qualifying mark in the school's English paper. These children are eligible for consideration for a place at the school.

  • Category B: Children who have achieved a qualifying mark in the external papers lower than that of the 180th candidate, but have achieved a qualifying mark in the school's English paper. These children are eligible for consideration for a place on the school waiting list.

  • Category C: children who have not achieved a qualifying mark in either the external or internal papers. These children are ineligible to be considered for a place at the school.

Oversubscription criteria

Children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names Devonport High School for Boys, and whose test scores put them in category A, will automatically be allocated a place at the school. All other children in category A will then be allocated a place in the following order of priority:

  1. Looked After and previously Looked After Children

  2. Children who appear to have been in state care outside of England, and are no longer in state care as a result of being adopted

  3. Up to 174 children who achieve a qualifying mark in rank order

  4. Up to 6 children who achieve a qualifying mark and are in receipt of pupil premium

  5. All other children who achieve a qualifying mark in rank order

Tied places

If there are any tied places within the list above, the school will then use the following criteria (in order) to allocate places:

  1. Children in receipt of the pupil premium or service premium

  2. Children who have a parent employed by the school for at least two years

  3. The mark in the school English paper

  4. Children living closest to the school (measured by a straight line)

  5. Finally, a random number generator will be used, supervised by a member of the local authority

There is no catchment area for Devonport High School for Boys. The school considers all children equally, regardless of their home address.

How to help your child prepare for the 11 plus

Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for the Devonport High School for Boys 11 plus.

Cover all the content

The 11 plus assesses a large breadth and depth of learning objectives across the Key Stage 2 national curriculum and beyond.

We recommend that your child starts revising content at least one year before the test. Setting aside study periods using a 'little and often' approach will give them time to build the skills and knowledge they need. When preparing, avoid falling into the trap of over-focusing on either the topics your child enjoys or the topics they find hardest.

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Your child will encounter lots of unfamiliar types of questions in the 11 plus exam. Building exam technique with 11 plus test papers will help your child to feel fully confident with the styles of questions they'll encounter in the exam, reducing the potential for stress on the day.

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